Category:Order of Hermes
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|Degree||Description||Minimum sphere(s) (not just Arete)||Training / Duties|
|1st||Neophyte||Eduction in advanced mundane studies, basic metaphysics and occult, languages and linguistics, and the Order. Harsh, unforgiving, merciless, drudgery, with physical labor and total immersion in Ars Hermetica. Humility, responsibility, hard work are taught. Meant as a 'weeder' degree.|
|2nd||Zelator||Elementary fundamentals of the Spheres. Advancing from goetia to theurgia studies. Begin selecting their 'Word.' Antinomian praxis. Political meetings, dangerous missions, and difficult tests. Understanding symbolism and having revelations while avoiding madness. Carefully monitored in case they became danger to self or other. Learn self discipline is the crucial lesson.|
|3rd||Practicus||Chooses their 'Word' to embody and begins metamorphosis. Develop Word as function of Will projected into Creation. From theurgia to magia and Awakening.|
|4th||Initiate||1 (Forces) and 1 (House Sphere, if any)||Initiation as awakened full member of Order. Explained rights and responsibilities. May serve as Tribune, publish, hold office, title, or lands. Training now from self and peers now.|
|5th||Initiate Exemptus||2||Register to take on assignment of an apprentice, but unlikely at this degree.|
|6th||Adept||3, 1||Many Hermetic mages never attain this degree. Note, the Order of Hermes uses the title 'Adept' differently than the other traditions.|
|7th||Adept Major||4, 3, 1||Few Hermetics will ever achieve this degree. Enter into politics and influence the direction of Order, or if truly capable Traditions as a whole.|
|8th||Magister Scholae||5, 3, 3||Tested and scrutinized ahead of time. Second secret initiation, rumors of a third, and fourth. A pillar of Order, shapes its destiny, and realizes its goals with every thought, action, and exercise of will..|
|9th||Magister Mundi||6 (NPC only)||More force of nature than human being. Order governance drops away for concerns in the realm of primal forces of Universe.|
Reference: Order of Hermes (Revised) 38-42
- Advisory only, individual PCs can still self-identify with whatever fits them best
- Most information taken from Tradition Book: Order of Hermes (WW4664) 34-35
The Code of Hermes
I. I swear everlasting loyalty to the Order and its members. The Order's friends and enemies are my friends and enemies, and I shall not spurn a friend nor succor an enemy.
II. I shall not through action or inaction endanger the Order, nor consort with devils or the undead, nor anger the fae.
III. I shall not deprive any Order mage of magical power, nor through action or inaction attempt to bring harm to an Order mage, except in justly declared and open certamen.
IV. I shall not spy by any means or manner upon another Order mage's private works, nor read an Order mage's mind, nor invade or observe an Order mage's Sanctum, save to guard against a clear, direct, forceful, and imminent threat to the safety of the Order.
V. If called before a Tribunal, I shall abide by its verdicts. If called to sit upon a Tribunal, I shall vote wisely, respect the votes of others, and support the Tribunal's verdicts.
VI. Upon reaching the Fifth Degree or higher, I shall train apprentices and instruct them in this Code. I bear the entire responsibility for my apprentice, and shall duly admonish, restrain, discipline or arrest an apprentice who endangers the Order, and shall yield same apprentice to the Order’s lawfully appointed agent or Tribunal.
VII. I solemnly swear to uphold this sacred Code of Hermes, and venture any risk or sacrifice to protect it. Should I breach it, may all the mages of the Order rise as one united and hunt me down and destroy me forevermore.
VIII. I solemnly swear to vigorously and actively pursue the Enemies of Ascension and to unmake their works in this world and in all others.
Reference: Order of Hermes (Revised) 44-45
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Pages in category "Order of Hermes"
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